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We cruised out of Galveston last week and had an incredible time. We drove down and visited relatives and arrived at the pier at around 10:30 on Sunday. We parked at Park N Cruise which is right across the street from the cruise terminal. It could not have been any easier. Book it early as both their interior and exterior parking areas are limited and sell out quickly. Embarkation is a bit of a mess with dropping off luggage. There is not a lot of organization or sense of direction. Once in the terminal, check in went quickly and we were on the boat by 11:30 having lunch in the Windjammer. Our cabin was ready by 1:00PM and our luggage showed up by 4:00PM. Navigator recently underwent a refurbishment and it looks fantastic. The crew was friendly and helpful. Our kids had a great time and we really could not ask for a better week. Our itinerary was Cozumel, Grand Cayman, and Falmouth Jamaica. Three islands in a row will wear you out! The last two sea days were recovery time for everyone on the ship. The shows on ship were great. Our children were enthralled by the song and dance productions and the ice show. Make sure and get tickets on the first day for the ice show as seating is limited. We opted for self disembarkation and were off the boat and in the car by 7:45AM. Again, it was awesome to just walk across the street to our car and get on down the road.  

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Navigator of the Seas Cruise Review by Soonermark

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We cruised out of Galveston last week and had an incredible time. We drove down and visited relatives and arrived at the pier at around 10:30 on Sunday. We parked at Park N Cruise which is right across the street from the cruise terminal. It could not have been any easier. Book it early as both their interior and exterior parking areas are limited and sell out quickly.
Embarkation is a bit of a mess with dropping off luggage. There is not a lot of organization or sense of direction. Once in the terminal, check in went quickly and we were on the boat by 11:30 having lunch in the Windjammer. Our cabin was ready by 1:00PM and our luggage showed up by 4:00PM.
Navigator recently underwent a refurbishment and it looks fantastic. The crew was friendly and helpful. Our kids had a great time and we really could not ask for a better week.
Our itinerary was Cozumel, Grand Cayman, and Falmouth Jamaica. Three islands in a row will wear you out! The last two sea days were recovery time for everyone on the ship.
The shows on ship were great. Our children were enthralled by the song and dance productions and the ice show. Make sure and get tickets on the first day for the ice show as seating is limited.
We opted for self disembarkation and were off the boat and in the car by 7:45AM. Again, it was awesome to just walk across the street to our car and get on down the road.
 
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Cabin 1802
Royal has upgraded Navigator and added several new cabins with floor to ceiling windows on the front of deck 12. We had cabin 1802 which looked directly forward at the bow of the ship. I can't adequately express how amazing the view was out of these windows from that vantage. Morning after morning we woke to the view of the sun gently rising above the crystal blue Caribbean waters. It will be hard to ever go back to a small window again!An added bonus is the size of the rooms. At around 200 square feet, they are every bit as big as a balcony room and in some cases bigger. Our kids were able to sleep comfortably on the sofa bed which was about a big as a queen sized mattress. It has been about 10 years since my wife and I last cruised. We were impressed with all the new details in cabin design. There is storage everywhere in this cabin - soft shut drawers, a well thought out bathroom, and ample closets. We had room for 2 adults and 2 children's things with hardly anything out in the cabin. If you are thinking of trying these cabins, they are worth the money. I hope Royal adds these to as many ships as they can in the future.
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Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

  • Beach
    We spent our day in Cozumel on the Deluxe Beach Break at Playa Mia. If you have a family with smaller (and maybe bigger) kids, you can't beat this. Pools, splash pad, water slides, and plenty of beach front made for our kids not wanting to leave. The included drinks and buffet made Mom and Dad's worries vanish! It was a little pricey and I'm sure you can save some money making arrangements outside the cruise line. We had a blast and thought it was money well spent.
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  • City Tour
    We booked the Heartbeat of Jamaica tour looking for something a bit more educational this time around. We did enjoy touring some of the local churches and the guides were very knowledgeable on local history. The tour also stopped at a local school. The children were great and could not get over my daughter's blond hair. She's 5 and found a friend to play with in the short time we were there. My only reservation was that I did feel like the children were being exploited a bit. I hope the money allotted for our visit there really helps those kids.The second part of the tour was at an old sugar cane plantation. I got the feeling that this is still a work in progress. They may something in a few years. Right now there wasn't much to see.They gave us a taste of local jerk chicken, several local fruits, and of course a shot of rum. I did walk away feeling that the locals are very proud of their heritage. We were looking for a laid back experience and some exposure to the local situation for our children. I think this tour did that for us nicely.
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  • Grand Cayman (Georgetown)
    Grand Cayman has changed quite a bit since we last visited 10 years ago. It was much more congested and the natives were much more aggressive than we remembered.Tendering is always a consideration at Grand Cayman. A ship like Navigator takes quite a while to unload and any chop on the seas can delay it even longer.Our family opted for a cab ride to the Royal Palms and spending a few hours on the beach. Cab ride for 4 is $16 each way and the cover at the Royal is $2 each, with children under 12 getting in for free. All in all it only cost us $38 for the day. The beach was great and there is a reef within 15 yards that you can snorkel out to and see lots of fish.All too soon you need to head back and catch the tender. A good day, but cut a bit short. The authorities on Grand Cayman need to figure out how to build a pier or I think the larger cruise liners will start skipping this port.
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